Chinese New Year Horoscopes and History

Have you wondered how the Chinese New Year Astrology came into being, and why your character acts in certain ways. Below Martina Mercer has written about how this came into being and also which animal you are dependent on your year of birth and also what 2018 holds for you.

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The Heavenly Gate Race Story — Reasons for the Animal Zodiac Rankings

Long, long ago, there was no Chinese zodiac. The Jade Emperor wanted to select 12 animals to be his guards. He sent an immortal being into man’s world to spread the message that the earlier one went through the Heavenly Gate, the better the rank one would have.

Early Risers: Quick-Witted Rat and Diligent Ox

The next day, animals set off towards the Heavenly Gate. Rat got up very early. On his way to the gate, he encountered a river. He had to stop there, owing to the swift current. After waiting a long time, Rat noticed Ox about to cross the river and swiftly jumped into Ox’s ear.

The diligent Ox did not mind at all and simply continued. After crossing the river, he raced towards the palace of the Jade Emperor. Suddenly, Rat jumped out of Ox’s ear and dashed to the feet of the Emperor. Rat won first place and Ox was second.

Competitive and Fast: Tiger and Rabbit

Tiger and Rabbit came third and fourth because both are fast and competitive, but Tiger was faster. (Rabbit got across the river by hopping on stepping stones and a floating log.)

Good-Looking Dragon and Crafty Snake

Good-looking Dragon was fifth and was immediately noticed by the Jade Emperor, who said Dragon’s son could be sixth. But Dragon’s son didn’t come with him that day. Just then, Snake came forward and said Dragon was his adoptive father; so Snake ranked sixth.

Kind and Modest Horse and Goat

Horse and Goat arrived. They were very kind and modest and each let the other go first. The Jade Emperor saw how polite they were and ranked them seventh and eighth.

Jumping Monkey

Monkey had fallen well behind. But he jumped between trees and stones, and caught up to be ninth.


Last were Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

Why No Cat? — Hostility between Cat and Rat

Although Cat and Rat were neighbour, the former always bullied the latter, and Rat felt very angry but dared not say it out loud; therefore, he sought revenge on Cat.

Upon hearing the Emperor’s decree Rat chuckled to himself and thought: “This is an opportunity”.

The sleepyhead Cat kicked open Rat’s door, ordering Rat to keep him informed of when he was going to the Emperor’s birthday party, and Rat readily promised that he would.

On the morning, however, Rat left quietly without informing Cat. Cat didn’t wake up until the race was over and it was too late — he was not able to make it into the cycle.

After the party, hostility grew between Cat and Rat, so that rats scatter in all directions when a cat appears.

An alternative version of the story says that Cat and Rat got as far as crossing the river together on Ox’s head, but Rat pushed Cat into the water (and Cat was washed away and drowned or didn’t get back to the Heavenly Gate in time to get a ranking).

The Chinese calendar assigns different animals from the zodiac to each lunar year in a cycle of 12 years.

Chinese New Year changes every year, because it is based on the lunar calendar. The celebration always falls somewhere between January 21 and February 20, usually on the second new moon after the winter solstice (the shortest day of the year). This year it falls on February 16th.

Effects of the 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs / People’s Personal Traits

The Heavenly Gate Race Story ranking story is made up according to people’s understanding of characteristics of the 12 animals. And when people talk about a person’s zodiac sign, they might think about the zodiac sign’s characteristics.

For example, when talking about Rats, people think of quick-witted, resourceful, and versatile people; and Ox’s are decisive, honest, dependable, and hard working.


2018 Chinese Year of the Brown Earth Dog

According to Chinese astrology, 2018 the year of the Brown Earth Dog is a very good year regarding financial aspects, but a little problematic from a health point of view.

In the year of the dog, all zodiac signs will need to pay special attention to their health, as  2018 is the ideal time to start eating healthy, playing sports and getting rid of bad habits.



Rat – 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020


The Rat is the sign of independence and hard working success. Rats are charming, driven and are successful in their careers often being entrepreneurs and starting their own businesses. Their greatest trait is their forthright honesty, yet easygoing personalities.

Loyal, devoted and rather protective of friends. Rat’s are not really romantic and often become really good friends with their partners. At times they can be mean, stubborn, and narrow-minded in their views, but it is simply their way of being perfectionists and their need to live by their own rules.

The Rat Chinese horoscope during 2018 predicts that you may be filled with a vague feeling of dissatisfaction even though things seem to be going quite well.

Don’t listen, to the dangerous little voice in your head that incites things to be seen in a negative sense. Look at life with serenity: You will realize that, you’ve absolutely no serious reason to complain or even to worry. Count your Blessings and Celebrate the many good things you have been given.

Ox – 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021


Although the Ox is patient and a dependable hard worker, they can also be stubborn with strong prejudices.

Oxen are fair-minded, trustworthy, responsible and hardly regret the decisions they make. They are traditionalists and like to stick to routine.

The Ox is quiet yet extremely observant with an excellent memory.  Conservative family-oriented people, they also make loyal and good friends.

On the down side, due to their dogmatic nature, they can be overly authoritative over people and get impulsive when provoked, which can sometimes lead to fearsome fits of temper!

The Ox Chinese horoscope during 2018 predicts that in order to amplify the good celestial influences of the year and lessen the negative impacts, it will be in your best interests to take stock of your life and to hatch some new projects. Luck will smile upon you, every time you have confidence in yourself and show yourself to be enterprising and innovative. But if you don’t try to change what goes awry in your life and if you put up with an unsatisfactory routine, then then luck will falter.

Tiger – 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

The Tiger symbolises power, passion; the daring and courageous fighter. They laugh in the face of adversity and do not waver under pressure.

Tigers are impulsive and unpredictable at times, but will get any task done with efficiency and enthusiasm, although they may want to do it alone to make sure it is done right. The Tiger is of noble virtue and often will stands up and fight for what they think is right.

Tigers like to be obeyed but do not obey. Even though they can be negative and selfish at times, underneath their thick fur they are sensitive and emotional.  They are usually territorial and possessive and although confident, they can be over-confident at times which could lead to errors in judgement.

The Tiger horoscope during 2018 predicts that the year begins particularly promising and you will succeed in all your undertakings. The best advice one could give you is to have confidence in yourself. Move forward without putting too much pressure on yourself or asking too many questions.

If you hesitate, you’ll run the risk of missing fine opportunities when they present themselves. Now you know that chance never lasts a long time; if you don’t fully profit from the excellent climate of this year, you could find yourself in a blocked situation next year.

Rabbit – 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

A person born under the rabbit sign is full of peace and kindness. Rabbit’s possess graciousness and are pretty conservative people. They want things to go smoothly in life with no chaotic events or drama’s. Wishing only tranquillity in their family and home they love nothing better than eating a home-cooked breakfast whilst reading the morning paper.

The rabbit can be pessimistic and insecure but they are mostly very emotional and compassionate souls, crying very easily at the most sensitive scenarios.

The Rabbit horoscope during 2018 predicts that in general, the outlook is positive. However, the year will be marked with some tense configurations. In order to preserve your peace, it would be in your best interest to assume a well-balanced lifestyle at the very start of the year.

Be careful about your diet, and think of getting more fresh air. There’s a whole world out there for you to explore.

Dragon – 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

Strength and passion defines the characteristics and heart of the Dragon person. Perpetually dynamic and full of energy, they are idealistic, determined, and self-assured in any undertaking in life. They show much pride in themselves; are highly intelligent and successful at most things.

In love they are surrounded by admirers and often receive many marriage proposals. Although the dragon is strong and passionate, they are feisty and often perfectionists, also demanding perfection of other’s as well!

Challenges are alluring to them and they can be highly intimidating when challenged. They are often irritable and prone to losing their temper easily, but they will forgive the moment they get over their outburst.

When irritated they can be stubborn and irrational and will have knee jerk reactions and jump to conclusions quickly.

The Dragon horoscope during 2018 predicts that you will become more sure of yourself and assert your originality, especially in your career, where your qualities will be acknowledged by your superiors and colleagues. But you’ll also have the tendency to adopt an overly extremist attitude at times; therefore try to be more reasonable. Beware: By refusing to make concessions, you will irritate those who only want to help you!

Snake – 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

The Snake is the enigmatic seducer, charming those around them by their irresistible beauty and inborn intelligence and wisdom. Graceful, elegant and soft spoken with excellent manners, most people fall hopelessly in love with the Snake.

On the opposing side, once the Snake has found their partner in life they can become jealous and possessive over them. They are determined to follow through with anything they undertake to the bitter end even if it means lying and deceiving to get what they want.

The Snake horoscope 2018 predicts that your personal evolution will be highlighted by the Stars this year. You will discover new interests and you’ll realise the direction of your destiny. Many of you will be attracted by all that is related to spirituality. Your natural generosity will express itself in the service of others. Think about this if you have an important career choice to make.

Horse – 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

The financier and most independent of all the twelve signs, the Horse is quick-witted and very perceptive. They think fast (often at remarkable speeds) and respond quickly, usually before others do with their keen minds while also making use of their cunning skills to get what they want.

The horse is career-minded from an early age, always spirited and energetic in their hard work. They have a huge talent for handling money. There are some contradictions in the Horse’s personality: At times they can be hot-tempered and make rash and unpredictable decisions, but at other times they show an outstanding ability to make snap decisions that usually end in their favour.

Horses are true non-conformists and rebellious.

The horse horoscope during 2018 predicts that the year may be marked with important surprises. Horses abhor the unforeseen. Nevertheless, it will be in your best interest to act quickly if changes  disrupt your career schedule. Given the favourable astral configurations of the year, such changes will play in your favour, on the condition that you take up the challenge. Don’t be doubtful of your abilities; you will find the necessary resources within yourself to make the most of changing conditions.


Sheep – 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

The Sheep is like a gentle and caring mother and the delicate home-maker. Blessed with good manners and a shy but sweet face. The Sheep represents the feminine of all twelve signs and also symbolises the kindness and watchful eye of the good Samaritan.

They are understanding about other’s faults and they have a compassionate heart. Sheep are introverts by nature, withdrawn with a strong need to be loved and protected. The Sheep is the most indecisive of all people and are over-anxious worriers.

Because of their hesitation, they will usually take the popular side and never make any major decisions in their life.

The Sheep horoscope during 2018 predicts a year full of good surprises, especially in your career. However, the Stars can also throw some obstacles your way especially with regards to your health. In order to face the year’s challenges and make the most of them, you’ll need to be in good form. It is therefore imperative that you give top priority to your health. A stable and balanced lifestyle, a good diet and a regular medical check-ups will prove to be your best defence against health woes.

Monkey – 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

Clever, charming, and quick-witted, the Monkey is full of tricks up their sleeves to deceive those around them. Extremely intelligent and innovative, they are great problem solvers and thrive on challenges. They will stop at nothing and step on those around them to get what they want.

Usually becoming a master at whatever they choose to do in life,  they are humorous and desire to be the centre of attention.

The Monkey horoscope during 2018 predicts that you’ll have to make concerted efforts in order to get what you want. Important changes can take place at home or at work, so you need to be prepared. If you act rather than panic, you’ll find brilliant solutions and you’ll triumph over difficulties. Realise that life is made of renewals and that upheavals are useful because they allow you to make progress.


Rooster – 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029

Self-assurance and pride describe the opulent Rooster. Always proud of their fine feathers and great lineage, never a day goes by that they do not walk with utmost dignity in the centre of attention.

Not always the most tactful, the Rooster loves to argue and debate just to show how knowledgeable and smart they are. Knowing that they were born with dashing good looks, Rooster’s pay close attention to their attire and appearance.

Money is really not an issue to Roosters. They may be eccentric and misunderstood on the outside, but underneath they are conservative, old-fashioned and always keeps their promises. They are dreamers when it comes to love, so it is often that their infatuations are not always what they think them to be.

The Rooster Chinese horoscope during 2018 predicts that your focus will be on aspects related to relations with others. Thus, it will be in your best interest to think more of other people.

Whether in your work, love or family life, don’t make any decisions without anticipating the  consequences on those around you. Good fortune will smile upon you if you put your family and friends first.

Dog – 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030

Always the honest and faithful ones, the Dog will stay by their friends and family through thick and thin. They have a deep sense of loyalty, a passion for justice and will usually be the first to speak out against any wrongdoing by any person.

They won’t just sit there and bark at the unfair play, they will get up and do something about it. Being blatantly unselfish, they will protect the interests of others more than their own.

Dogs are not always comfortable in a crowd of people, but they are friendly, unpretentious and will listen to others. At times they can be judgemental, defensive, and panicky in the face of fear, but they will always have a clear sense of duty and will do anything to help a friend.

In relationships, they will hopelessly fall in love and will stick with them no matter what. Even though they are very giving in their relationships, they will have romantic problems being that they are constant worriers.

Dog’s won’t have to complain about the Stars in this ‘your’ year, for you’ll have good luck in most areas of your life. Of course, problems can still occur. You will need to be patient and tenacious at work. If you’re wise enough to adapt yourself to new challenges that arise, you’ll strengthen your character and develop two key qualities — the art of negotiating and the ability to make sensible choices.

Pig – 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

The Pig is the symbol of honesty, purity, and simplicity. They are naturally popular and have a lot of integrity. They are without a doubt trustworthy. Pigs live to sacrifice themselves to help others and that’s what naturally what make them better and stronger people.

Some would say Pigs are naive and easy to fool, but they really are just optimistic always believing in the best of others. They don’t say much, yet they are highly intellectual, having a great thirst for knowledge. They are definitely the marriage-type being that they are sweet, sensitive, and caring, but at times can be jealous and possessive.

The Pig horoscope during 2018 predicts that the astral climate will lighten. After a rather chaotic year, you’ll begin to feel better about yourself. However, there are still lessons to learn. First of all, show yourself to be extremely reasonable in all domains of your life. Finally, the more willing you are to modify your plans at the last minute, the better you will fare in all areas of your life.



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